Payette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
McCall, ID 83638
Prescribed Fire: Promoting Fire-Adapted Communities and Creating Resilient Landscapes
McCall, ID – While the Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed fires this spring, an on-line map is available for the public to see details of all burns throughout Southwest Idaho. For many years, land management agencies have been producing a hard copy of planned prescribed fires for the public, but this year information is available on line at: http://bit.ly/RxFireSWIdaho
As with all prescribed fires, depending on weather conditions, burns could take place anytime from April to early July. These prescribed fires reduce surface fuels, increase height of the canopy, reduce small tree densities, and promote fire resilient trees, thereby improving our ability to protect communities from wildfire as well as conserve current and future timber values. Additionally, these fires improve wildlife habitat, promote long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire.
The Council Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 1,500 acres in Mill Creek-Council Mountain project area. (8 miles northeast of Council); 5,000 acres in the Weasel Fuels reduction project, (15 miles northwest of Council); 15 acres on the Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel study project (20 miles northwest of Council).
The New Meadows Ranger District plans to burn approximately 3,500 acres in the Warm Springs project area (9 miles southwest of New Meadows); 103 acres in the Muddy Squirrel project area (9 miles northwest of New Meadows); and 2,059 acres in the Meadows Slope project area (4 miles northwest of McCall).
The Krassel Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 2,000 acres within the Bald Hill project area (North of Yellow Pine); 1,000 acres in the Four Mile project area along the South Fork of the Salmon River near Reed Ranch (approximately 18 miles east of McCall).
Trail heads and roads that lead into these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed burn locations. Fire personnel will work closely with the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group, the National Weather Service, and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that smoke impacts are minimized. The decision to ignite on any given day will depend on favorable weather conditions and the need to reduce smoke effects as much as possible. Smoke from these prescribed fires will be much less than what would be expected from a wildfire. If smoke concentrations approach air quality standards, fire ignition may be delayed until air quality improves. Residual smoke may be visible for up to 2 weeks following ignition, but most of the smoke is anticipated to dissipate 1-2 days after ignition.
Individuals may call Dustin Doane (McCall and New Meadows RDs; 347-0336), Laurel Ingram (Krassel RD; 634-0622), or Dave LaChapelle (Council and Weiser RDs; 549-4228) with any concerns they may have about the planned prescribed fires. The public may also call the Weiser, Council, New Meadows, McCall or Krassel Ranger Districts for more information. Prescribed fire is an important component of natural resource management and part of the comprehensive fire management program on the Payette National Forest. Council RD: 253-0100; Krassel RD: 634-0974; McCall RD: 634-0400; New Meadows RD: 347-0300; Weiser RD: 549-4200.
For the most current information about prescribed burning projects, please visit the Payette RX incident on inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6290/ or use your mobile device to scan this QR code.